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I got to do my first half sleeve!!! And my first tattoo in the traditional style!!! It was so exciting. It took about 4 1/2 hours, and I was lucky because the friend that was getting it sat beautifully still for me, even though I know he was hurting. Weirdly, those little dots are way more painful than you’d think they are. Each image he chose had meaning for him, from representing his family to the places he loves. There are a few lines I’d like to clean up once it has healed (it was my first time using a certain needle, and I didn’t realize just how slowly you need to move with it to keep the lines solid), but overall I think good with it.

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